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USDA / NRCS Louisiana Announces Conservation Innovation Grants

Craig Smith
(318) 473-7805

Alexandria, LA, May 4, 2022 – Louisiana State Conservationist, Chad Kacir of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) /USDA recently announced the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for the development of new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further conservation on Louisiana private lands. USDA is accepting proposals through May 27, 2022, for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.

A total of up to $300,000 is available for the Louisiana CIG competition in FY 2022. All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2022 is $150,000.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with conservation partners through CIG to address our nation's water quality, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges with creative problem solving and innovation, all while improving agricultural operations.

“The world’s population is increasing, but available agricultural land is decreasing,” said Chad Kacir, State Conservationist for NRCS. “Through science and innovation, we can help farmers improve the health of their operations and productivity on their lands while protecting the natural resources we all depend on. The new systems, tools and technologies being developed through CIG are helping us ensure the longevity of American agriculture.”

State CIG Classic is the state-level competition for projects that support early-stage development and piloting of new tools, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands. While the overall goal and approach match those of the national CIG Classic competition, CIG state competitions fund projects that target state-identified conservation priorities.

For addition information contact Louisiana NRCS State Agronomist, Craig Smith (318) 473-7805